Thursday, February 26, 2009

Prohibition Era

Prohibition Era is the period from 1920 to 1933, during which the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol for consumption were banned nationally as mandated in the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Many social problems have been attributed to the Prohibition era. Mafia activities were restricted until 1920, when they exploded because of the introduction of Prohibition. A profitable, often violent, black market for alcohol flourished. Racketeering happened when powerful gangs corrupted law enforcement agencies. Chicago became notorious as a haven for Prohibition dodgers during the time known as the Roaring Twenties. Many of Chicago's most notorious gangsters, including Al Capone and his enemy Bugs Moran, made millions of dollars through illegal alcohol sales.

Cigar smoking gangster John from the Chicago Gang by Twilight Magic Works, Yamato Co., Ltd, 2000

Check out those shoes

John in cream pin-striped suit with vest, shirt and maroon tie, hat and shotgun

On March 23, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law an amendment to the Volstead Act known as the Cullen-Harrison Act, allowing the manufacture and sale of certain kinds of alcoholic beverages.

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